Gen­er­ous teen bright­ens chil­dren’s ward

Sunshine Coast Daily - - NEWS - — SARAH BARNHAM

SUN­SHINE Coast teenager Rose May­nard has a mis­sion to put a smile on the face of ev­ery child at the Ca­bool­ture hos­pi­tal.

Ms May­nard, 14, was in­spired three years ago by the ex­pe­ri­ence of her lit­tle brother, Ben, to make the hos­pi­tal a happy place for kids with an an­nual toy run. Ben suf­fers from Tourette Syn­drome and at­ten­tion-de­fi­cient dis­or­der, and has been fre­quently in the hos­pi­tal.

Ms May­nard’s 4x4 Toy Run gath­ers toys do­nated from Coast res­i­dents to be given to chil­dren at the hos­pi­tal.

“I know how hard it is for fam­i­lies to have broth­ers, sis­ters or their kids in hos­pi­tal,” the Beer­wah High Year 9 stu­dent said.

“My lit­tle brother has dis­abil­i­ties and is al­ways in and out of hos­pi­tal – it has a re­ally big im­pact on my fam­ily and es­pe­cially him.

“The idea of giv­ing ev­ery child a toy gives them com­fort and some­thing fun to keep and play with dur­ing their stay.”

In pre­vi­ous years, the toy de­liv­er­ies had brought some chil­dren to tears.

“It can be hard to watch,” she said. “But a sin­gle smile can make some­one’s day, and that’s why we are do­ing this.”

The 4x4 Toy Run will be held at Ca­bool­ture show­grounds on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 17, from 10am. To take part, bring along a toy to do­nate and en­joy a bar­be­cue lunch.

The event then mi­grates to the hos­pi­tal, where Santa de­liv­ers the toys.

Any­one want­ing to get in­volved in the event or learn more should search “Roses 4X4 TOY RUN” on Face­book.


HELP­ING OUT: Rose May­nard, 14, is or­gan­is­ing a Christ­mas toy run.

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